Best places to live the ex-pat life

I usually agree with most of what is published on the site, but sometimes I find it a little extreme.  However as a somewhat aspiring ex-pat myself it always is full of useful information.  Simon Black is the most influential writer on the site but I recently found a post from a business partner of his that analyzes his ranking of the six best countries in the world for business, lifestyle, pleasure, and well-being.  Black put Chile on the top of the list, which I think is a country I need to check out.  Other countries that made the list are New Zealand, Colombia (a great country IMO), Singapore, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, and Estonia.  The author of the article disputes a few of these and lists his own top 5. I have a hard time believing Argentina should be on that list and I don’t understand why he picked it.  However, to each his own, so I think I may develop a list of my own, but I think I still need to visit some more countries to get a proper perspective.

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5 Responses to Best places to live the ex-pat life

  1. Vade Mecum says:

    This is fantastic. I’m also an aspiring expat, and would love to see these places. Part of what’s so appealing to me about living in a place with a big expat community is the people. Expats are weird. Sometimes that means they’re interesting, other times terrifying. Combined with a place that’s all new, it’s a good time. But remember, expats left their home countries for a reason.

  2. John Galt says:

    My questions are: Why not Uruguay? It’s a great little country! I like Argentina a lot, but more the smaller cities like Mendoza and Ushuaia. And Estonia has had huge fiscal problems. Why is that on the list? For a group of writers who constantly criticize the US about their fiscal policies, that seems a little unfair from my perspective. And while Sweden and Norway are super expensive for an American, I bet they are amazing places to live.

  3. L.B. Jeffries says:

    Yea, I mean I don’t know the exact reasoning behind the selection and I think it is a very subjective question. One thing they do look at is ease of doing business and economis opportunity. I agree Uruguay is a great country, but maybe taxes are high and the business opportunities are pretty well saturated. As for Argentina, compared to its neighbors, Brazil, Chile, and even Uruguay, things don’t look too good for Argentina and right now I think the government is a mess. Also, I think that Sweden and Norway have great lifestyles, but also very high taxes, very expensive and they already have a lot going on. I agree it would be great to live in either one, but for future opportunities, I am not sure how many they offer me. Either way, like I said it is all perspective.

  4. L.B. Jeffries says:

    Oh, thought this was an interesting follow up for all the ex-pats out there:

  5. Elspeth Reoch says:

    That’s very interesting– thanks for sharing!

    I never really use the term but I guess I’m an expat myself (grew up in NY, have been in England for the last few years). Over here, I know many Americans who didn’t move over in an effort to ‘become an expat’ or seek high-impact, adventurous career opportunities available only here, but for much more simple reasons. Came for a degree, followed a partner, had a job offer. What links everyone is the feeling of falling in love with the country. I know many Americans who came here for similar reasons, realised it wasn’t for them, and left. My own experience was a complete accident, but really the best thing that’s ever happened to me. (Sure, things would have been different if I had initially come to country in the developing world or one with a vastly different political system from the US, but then again the differences between the US and the UK are more intense than their subtly implies.) Also, my best friends are here are English… whilst work or university has at times led me to more American-focused environments, I have never sought out an expat community. So with that in mind, the idea that there would be a ranked (however informal) list of the best places for expats to live is a bit strange to me! Not that its a bad thing, as I can see its value for those who move for different reasons. But the idiosyncrasies of why different people move abroad should not be ignored.

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